Monday, July 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Fighting Sin

Padre Pio
You don't dispel Satan using Satan's ways.

-- Padre Pio

Sunday, July 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Conscience

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Before conversion, conscience seemed to be a restraining, coercive power; God was a hostile and exacting judge; the commandments were prohibitions; and the Church was an inhibition. Responsibilities were identified with obligations; duty was seen as opposed to desire; the morally right was identified with the physically unpleasant; and love was opposed to morality. But after conversion the conscience no longer accuses; it never seems to command, or order, or inhibit, because there are no longer two wills in opposition. The will of the convert is the will of God. There is no need for a conscience to tell him what ought to be done.” Conscience is swallowed up in love and there is no duty or “must” between lovers.


--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul, 1949

Saturday, July 22, 2017

QUOTATION: Virtue

St. Jean Vianney
If a person has true virtue, nothing whatever can change him; he is like a rock in the midst of a tempestuous sea. If anyone scorns you, or calumniates you, if someone mocks at you or calls you a hypocrite or a sanctimonious fraud, none of this will have the least effect upon your peace of soul. You will love him just as much as you loved him when he was saying good things about you. You will not fail to do him a good turn and to help him, even if he speaks badly of your assistance. You will say your prayers, go to Confession, to Holy Communion, you will go to Mass, all according to your general custom.

--St. Jean Vianney, Sermons.

Friday, July 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Love

Henri Nouwen
Often we speak about love as if it is a feeling. But if we wait for a feeling of love before loving, we may never learn to love well.

--Henri Nouwen

Thursday, July 20, 2017

QUOTATION: Temptation

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
When temptation comes, remember the three things:

1. I don’t want it. The devil cannot touch you. You are safe.
2. Be busy—as long as you know and say, “I don’t want it,” you are all right.
3. Turn to Mary. This is something very precious for her to give to Jesus.

--Mother Teresa of Calcutta, A Call to Mercy